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-What is a prophet and who were the prophets spoken of in Acts 3:21 and Luke 1:70?

A prophet was a spokesperson who proclaimed a message given to him by the Creator:.Hosea 12:10; Numbers 12:6,8; Deuteronomy 18:18,19; 1Kings 20:35. Note in Numbers 12:6,8 that God 'speaks' to prophets in dreams with messages for them often to be given to another:.Jeremiah 23:28.

Apostles were similar, but their work was more regarding overall direction and all encompassing purpose, whereas a prophet's messages to others were specific persons, times and locales.

The Creator used prophets in Old Testament times.(2Peter 1:20,21; Acts 4:25; 28:25).to speak to men:.Jeremiah 1:9; Isaiah 51:16

In the era of the New Testament, God is inside us:.Hebrews 1:1,2 "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Has in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds."

Today it is the prompts from the Creator that we hear which well up within us:.Hebrews 3:7 "Wherefore as the Holy Ghost says, today if you will hear his voice." 1John 2:27 "But the anointing which you have received of him abides in you and you need not that any man teach you, but as the same anointing teaches you of all things and is truth and is no lie and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in him." 

And it is so much better than those of old understood:.Matthew 13:17 "For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which you see and have not seen them and to hear those things which you hear and have not heard them."

We give attention.(worship).to Him today through meditation. Also see 'Holy Spirit'. 

The Creator can and does speak through prophets.(1Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 2:20; 3:5), who reveal new things from God. If what a prophet says does not occur.exactly.as said, even once of perhaps many prophecies, then he is a false prophet.

A true prophet of the Creator is 100% accurate 100% of the time; no errors. And how long should we wait to see if a prophet's word comes to pass? A true prophet will say when:.Joshua 6:4,5

Agabus was a prophet in early New Testament times:.Acts 11:27,28; 21:10,11. There were others:.Acts 13:1,2; 15:32. This ability is a gift from God.(Romans 12:6).and one far below love for others:.1Corinthians 13:8

From.Matthew's Henry's Commentary:."Prophets were the immediate organs of God for the communication of his mind and will to men. The whole Word of God may in this general sense be spoken of as prophetic, inasmuch as it was written by men who received the revelation they communicated from God, no matter what its nature might be. The foretelling of future events was not a necessary but only an incidental part of the prophetic office. The great task assigned to the prophets whom God raised up among the people was 'to correct moral and religious abuses, to proclaim the great moral and religious truths which are connected with the character of God and which lie at the foundation of his government'."

"Any one being a spokesman for God to man might thus be called a prophet. Thus Enoch, Abraham and the patriarchs, as bearers of God's message.(Genesis 20:7; Exodus 7:1; Psalms 105:15), as also Moses.(Deuteronomy 18:15; 34:10; Hosea 12:13), are ranked among the prophets.

The seventy elders of Israel.(Numbers 11:16-29)."when the spirit rested upon them prophesied"; Asaph and Jeduthun."prophesied with a harp":.1Chronicles 25:3.

Deborah, Huldah and Miriam, were prophetesses, the Creator using these fine women most effectively:.Exodus 15:20; Judges 4:4. The title thus has a general application to all who have messages from God to men."

God loves and respects women very deeply; example

Easton's Bible Dictionary:."In New Testament times the prophetical office was continued. Our Lord is frequently spoken of as a prophet:.Luke 13:33; 24:19. He was and is the great Prophet of the Church. There was also in the Church a distinct order of prophets.(1Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 2:20; 3:5), who made new revelations from God. They differed from the 'teacher' whose office it was to impart truths already revealed.

"This Hebrew word is the first and the most generally used for a prophet. In the time of Samuel another word, "ro'eh", for "seer", began to be used:.1Samuel 9:9. It occurs seven times in reference to Samuel. Afterwards another word, "hozeh", meaning "seer".(2Samuel 24:11), was employed.


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